It seems President Obama’s executive order to thaw the pay freeze for federal workers is capturing some attention in the media.
At least two recent editorials have painted the pay raise for federal workers in a less than flattering light.
Web site PhillyBurbs.com said in an op-ed that the average federal worker earns 20% more than the average private sector worker who holds a similar position and therefore felt that any pay increase for the federal workforce wasn’t warranted.
The Orange County Register also recently published an editorial questioning giving a pay raise during a time of high unemployment and when the federal workforce is paid, on average, 16% more than the private sector.
From the article:
According to the Congressional Budget Office, total compensation for federal employees is already at least 16 percent more than for comparable employees in the private sector. That strikes us as worrying. The average base salary for a full-time civilian federal employee as of September 2010 was $76,231, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Compare that to 2011 median household income in America of $52,762. Members of Congress make $174,000 a year.
Not everybody agreed with the positions taken in the editorials, however. One woman wrote in a letter to the editor of PhillyBurbs.com that she was “offended” by the article on the pay raise. “I’m shocked that you would think that federal employees do not deserve the pay freeze being lifted. Contracting officers like my husband are personally responsible up to at least $6 million if something adverse occurred as a direct result of their work, which is much more than all of our assets put together,” she wrote.
For more on this topic, also see:
- CBO: Federal Compensation 16% Higher Than Private Sector
- Average Federal Salary Goes Up Despite Pay Freeze
- Bill Introduced to Freeze Pay for Federal Employees
- End of the Federal Pay Freeze Announced